Given the recurring problems with large multiple-award contract vehicles, the government needs to reevaluate how it bundles the purchasing of IT products and services. What started out to be Best in Class acquisitions may be turning out to be more like worst-in-class procurements. There is no denying that when the government says it is going to bundle up a major portion of the IT market and compete it through acquisition vehicles, companies will fight to the death to be one of the awardees. Bidders know all too well that if they are not a winner on these major acquisition vehicles, they will have to sit on the sidelines for the next five or more years watching their competitors participate in an exclusive club of companies who have been granted access to this market. What started out to be a strategy to streamline IT acquisitions has turned out to be anything … Continue reading Best-in-class, or worst-in-class?
Originally aired on November 23, 2020. CLICK HERE to listen to the interview. Even in normal election year, the transition from one administration to the next create uncertainty in the market. In this episode of Project 38, Editor Nick Wakeman speaks with business development and capture management expert Bob Lohfeld, CEO, Lohfeld Consulting Group, on what companies should be doing to successfully move through these next few months. His biggest piece of advice is to realize many IT priorities will not change. Some flavors might be adjusted, but agencies will still rely heavily on contractors. That doesn’t mean standing still however. As Lohfeld explains, you still have work to do and that means taking care of your customers like never before. Project 38, is a Washington Technology podcast series that explores what is driving change in the federal market and how contractors need to prepare for what the market … Continue reading [PODCAST REPLAY] Project 38: How the presidential transition impacts your BD, capture activities
Click here to listen to Mark’s interview On January 7, 2020 on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviewed Bob Lohfeld, Founder and CEO of Lohfeld Consulting Group and Kevin Plexico, Senior Vice President, Information Solutions of Deltek on identifying, pursuing, bidding and winning contracts. This was a wide-ranging discussion focused on: GWACs and their growth over the past five years response times for task orders shrinking “best in class” contracts category management how long out you should plan if you want to win a prime spot on a GWAC the impact of GWACs and IDIQs on small businesses Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community. Bob Lohfeld, … Continue reading GWACs, BICs, & Category Management: Where does Small Biz fit? | Amtower Off Center
I recently had the privilege of sitting down with Stacey Coolican, CEO of Coolican Consulting, to talk about the topics Bob Lohfeld and I wrote about in our book, 10 steps to creating high-scoring proposals. As a former Senior Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant and over 20 years’ DoD experience including supporting Acquisition Category I (ACAT I) major weapons system programs, Stacey offers tremendous practical experience with accompanying insights that add another perspective to the suggestions Bob and I share in the book (excerpts below). Bob Lohfeld and I developed the 10 steps to creating high-scoring proposals presentation and book to share our modern perspective on proposal management and what matters within the proposal process. We walk through the source selection decision-making process and what the government evaluators and the final decision-maker look for as they review your proposals. We cover our Strength-Based Solutioning™ process and the difference between features and benefits—and how to … Continue reading 10 Steps to creating high-scoring proposals